And hushed I duly was for almost a day and a half!
Yesterday worked out quite well, but wasn't entirely wonderful. Amazingly we managed to persuade both Rachael and Laura to come out with us, even if it did take a slight change of plan to secure Laura's participation. Well, Rachael's too I suppose, but some children had more choice in the matter than others. So we took a healthy stroll around the north lake at Caldecotte, even though it wasn't the lake Laura thought it was going to be, and Rachael still complained despite specifically asking. Perhaps the promise of hot chocolate at the end was what finally won the day, and I'm happy to say that promise was able to be delivered on, even if the afternoon didn't quite end entirely without tears.
We had tea back at Sarah's soon afterwards, which was generally not too fraught a time. Both Rachael and Laura were supposed to have been staying with friends for the night, to release Sarah to go out to the Exploring Worship gathering, but things didn't go entirely to plan in that regard - though thankfully not enough to totally scupper plans! Rachael was unwilling to go to her friend's house but of course ultimately had little choice in the matter, and Laura's friend had reportedly been naughty and wasn't allowed to have Laura over after all, but thankfully Laura is old enough and responsible enough to look after herself for a couple of hours so we did indeed make it along to the meeting.
The meeting took some finding, though. We were aware there had been a double booking of the preferred venue, but understood that it was happening nearby. However, there were no signs up or staff around to inform people of the change, and to rub salt into the wound it turned out that the event we'd double booked with had been cancelled! But we eventually found it in the campus gym, though we thought we must have been early because numbers were so low... And then the worship started, and it was more like a gig sound-check. Call me an old fart, but it was far too loud to "explore" worship, and I had to spend half the meeting outside in the end - albeit with Katy on the other end of the phone!
This was the first Exploring Worship meeting I'd been to, and I'm sorry to say it could well be the last. Not to say it was a complete waste of time, because I did manage to do some business with God, but it was not remotely a conducive environment for doing so. It's an exciting enough idea, but one that I didn't think delivered on the concept of exploring worship, which was what I for one needed last night. I was hoping for something that would be a bit more than just Sunday-morning style worship but too loud to think or talk, perhaps with activities genuinely exploring some of the other aspects of worship that we are continually reminded exist in addition to music, such as art, craft and poetry.
But enough ranting! Time to hush again, I guess...